The Techvibes 20, August 2014 Edition – Powered by GoToMeeting

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The Techvibes 20 is a bi-monthly list of the hottest and most promising tech startups across Canada. The list is carefully curated by Techvibes editorial staff and reflects who's making waves in our nation's tech ecosystem right now.

Check out the August edition of the Techvibes 20 after the jump.

 

Algolux, Montreal - Algolux recently raised a $2.6 million Series A round led by Real Ventures. The Montreal-based startup specializes in computational optics and building deblurring software. Algolux is focusing its efforts on smartphones and tablets.

 

bazinga!, Vancouver - bazinga! is a private social network for residential communities and they just landed a partnership with Canada’s largest high-rise condominium developer. They have raised a total of $11 million to date.

 

BitAccess, Ottawa - Founded in November 2013, BitAccess produces Bitcoin Teller Machines (BTMs), allowing anyone with a mobile phone to buy or sell bitcoin in under a minute.

 

Blynk, Toronto - Next36 alumni Blynk won the $100,000 Investment Prize at Startup Fest earlier this summer. Tagged as Tinder for Fashion, this Toronto-based startup has created an app that provides personalized fashion recommendations via a Tinder-like interface.

 

BusBud, Montreal - BusBud announced last month the close of a $9 million Series A funding round co-led by OMERS Ventures. Self-described as the Kayak for bus travel, Busbud is the only platform that helps travelers search, compare and book bus trips online for 10,500 cities in 89 countries.

 

Dash Hudson, Halifax - This Atlantic-Canada born mobile app uses personal stylists to assess customer preferences and build modern, flexible wardrobes with selections from several different retailers. Dash Hudson recently announced it raised a $400,000 seed round which included former Groupon CTO Paul Gauthier.

 

Dejero, Waterloo - Dejero solutions enable traditional, online and cross-platform broadcasters to transmit, manage and distribute live video captured from a variety of mobile devices. Toronto's BEST Funds is big on mobile newsgathering and recently invested $4.5 million into Dejero.

 

ezrobot, Calgary - Founded by DJ Sures, ezrobot is a software platform that allows anyone to build a robot. Their robot controller connects to your computer over Bluetooth and with their software you can control your own robot. Add cameras, joysticks, distance sensors, LEDs, digital displays, and more.

 

FinanceIt, Toronto- Financeit raised a $13 million Series A round in November 2013. The Toronto-based company has built a platform that enables small businesses to offer consumer financing and is aggressively expanding thanks to $40 million in new loan facilities from Pacific & Western Bank of Canada.

 

GuestDriven, Montreal - GuestDriven helps hospitality brands build guest engagement, loyalty and drive advocacy through a Guest Relationship Management platform. Earlier this year PlazaCorp, Real Ventures and Structure Capital checked-in with a $3 million Series A round.

 

Gymtrack, Ottawa - This 500 Startups company has built a system for gyms that allows their members to automatically track their workouts. Gymtrack's system installs aftermarket onto any existing piece of gym equipment and allows gym members track their workout on their existing smart watches.

 

Hyper Hippo, Kelowna - Hyper Hippo is a game development studio founded by Lance Priebe. Before establishing Hyper Hippo, Lance co-founded Club Penguin with Lane Merrifield and Dave Krysko. Club Penguin became the world’s most popular children’s MMO and was acquired by Disney in 2007 for $350 million.
 

 

Postach.io, Nanaimo - Last year Postach.io won the Evernote Devcup 2013 Gold Award. With initial investment from Full Stack Ventures, a roadmap driven by the community, and visibility from Evernote, the blossoming startup is looking for a big year ahead.

 

Provender, Montreal - Founded in 2013, Provender has raised an $800,000 seed round from Real Ventures, the BDC, Freshii, Kinetic Café and private angels. Equipped with a fresh injection of capital, the Montreal-born startup says it is expanding to the Toronto market.

 

TinyMob Games, Victoria - Last fall this mobile gaming startup raised $2 million in seed funding from local angel investors including the Pereira brothers. Earlier this year they were named VIATEC's startup of the year. Look out for the company’s first game called Tiny Realms, an iOS mobile strategy game.

 

Uplette, Toronto - An Extreme Startups company, Uplette automates, consolidates, and optimizes the mobile advertising experience through the delivery of smart post‐ad content.  Uplette was recently selected for Dave McClure's 500 Startups Accelerator program.

 

Vanhawks, Toronto - Vanhawks' bike has been a crowdfunding phenom. Last month they won Best Pitch at Startup Fest and this month they hired a Cervelo Cycles veteran as Chief of Design.  The Valour connects to iOS, Android and Pebble through Bluetooth and tracks rider stats in real-time.

 

Vantage Analytics, Toronto - One of two Canadian companies selected to participate in The World Cup Tech Challenge, Vantage Analytics just announced a $1.1 million over-subscribed round—$500,000 from Real Ventures and $600,000 raised from ecommerce, mobile commerce, and loyalty experts.

 

Visual Spection, Winnipeg - The first Winnipeg startup to be named to the Techvibes 20. VisualSpection is site assessment software that enables front line energy sectors workers in remote areas with critical information using wearable technology such as Google Glass.

 

PayrollHero, Whistler - With offices in the Philippines and Whistler this two-year-old startup is built for the needs of the Southeast Asian market. It's a time, attendance, scheduling, analytics and payroll platform whose latest client is Subway.

Company:
FinanceIt
Website:
http://www.financeit.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Financeit is a platform that makes it easy for businesses to boost sales by offering consumer financing to their customers from any device. The company brings point of sale financing tools to main street merchants to increase close rates and transaction size - a proven strategy previously reserved for big box retailers. Since launching in 2011, Financeit has signed up over 2,800 retail, vehicle, home improvement... more

Company:
PayrollHero
Website:
http://www.payrollhero.com
Location:
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

PayrollHero is a Consumer-friendly Time, Attendance, Scheduling and Payroll app that is in the cloud built for web and mobile more

Company:
bazinga!
Website:
http://www.mybazinga.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

One million people a week, every week, are moving into cities. Communities should be flourishing, but concrete walls have created obscurity. Communication and information is scattered, and the only way to connect with neighbors is a small corkboard in the lobby. We can do better. We can empower the entire community with information, make shared assets accessible, and create opportunities to enrich city living.... more

Company:
Busbud
Website:
http://www.busbud.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Busbud is your worldwide bus travel companion. The Busbud.com website is the most comprehensive source of for intercity bus travel information around the world, displaying bus schedules for 4000+ cities in 60+ countries available in 10 languages and 15 currencies. Busbud offers a search tool allowing travelers to discover and plan their next bus trip. The company is privately funded by angel investors and based in... more

Company:
Provender
Website:
http://www.provender.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Provender connects farm to fork online. more

Company:
Vantage Analytics
Website:
http://www.vantageanalytics.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vantage Analytics is dedicated to helping business managers compete on analytics without having to become analysts. Founded in Toronto in 2013 by Aran Hamilton and Brandon Kane, experts in e-commerce, and big data analytics, Vantage is building the future of data analytics by making big data easy for anyone to understand and act upon. While companies around the world struggle to make use of their data, Vantage... more

Company:
Dejero
Website:
http://www.dejero.com
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dejero solutions enable traditional, online and cross-platform broadcasters to transmit, manage and distribute high-quality live video captured from a variety of mobile devices. Many of the world’s top broadcasters rely on Dejero for their mobile newsgathering needs. We listen to our customers. We are relentless in our drive to deliver value. We cultivate ideas, and invite participation. Our culture of... more

Company:
GuestDriven
Website:
http://www.guestdriven.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

GuestDriven is a Mobile Guest Engagement platform that enables hotels to interact directly with guests via their mobile devices. Valuable marketing data, including guest preferences and behaviors, is passed to hoteliers, which can be leveraged to elevate guest experience and increase revenues by offering personalized perks, promotions, and rewards. An integrated suite of specialized tools for targeting,... more

Company:
Blynk
Website:
http://www.justblynk.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Blynk is your personal stylist in your pocket. The average personal stylist costs an individual no less than $100/hour. Blynk replicates this value for users - for free. Blynk provides quality fashion recommendations personalized and delivered to you. We help you determine your style, send you full outfit recommendations and make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable. more

Company:
Uplette
Website:
http://discover.uplette.com/
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Uplette automates, consolidates, and optimizes the mobile advertising experience through the delivery of smart-post ad content. It increases mobile advertising ROI in 4 distinct ways: Highly personalized post-ad landing page delivery to increase conversion and customer acquisition rates. A real-time feedback loop with insights on who your customers are and how they are converting, which can be leveraging to... more

Company:
Dash Hudson
Website:
http://www.dashhudson.com
Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dash Hudson is a mobile, shoppable style magazine built for guys. Our mission is to get you stuff you know you’ll look good in and make it ridiculously simple to get all of the things you need in one place. We started the company because we were frustrated with the time spent scouring blogs and online stores for the best recommendations and products. We wanted to learn more about how to level up our style, but be... more

Company:
Hyper Hippo Productions Ltd.
Website:
http://www.hyperhippo.ca
Location:
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Hyper Hippo Productions is a game development studio founded by Lance Priebe in 2012. Before establishing Hyper Hippo, Lance created Club Penguin, the world’s most popular children’s MMO, later acquired by The Walt Disney Company. Hyper Hippo was established with the goal of channeling the experience of an eclectic and creative team that has built games played by millions of people around the world. Our team is... more

Company:
Vanhawks
Website:
http://www.vanhawks.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vanhawks's mission is to make connected bikes for the urban commuter to encourage bike rides for greener and less congested cities with the best experience possible. The Vanhawks Valour, is the first Bluetooth connected bike built from carbon fibre, giving riders safety,comfort and insight for every ride. Valour went on to raise the most amount of money in crowdfunding in Canada through Kickstarter which was 820k.... more

Company:
TinyMob Games
Website:
http://www.tinymobgames.com
Location:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

TinyMob Games was founded in September, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia. We may be young, but we're growing fast and we want you to be part of our future. Together we'll become the leading maker of free-to-play strategy games on mobile devices by creating the kind of games that you want to play. We're talking about games with rich, immersive worlds that you can explore and influence with every move. Games that... more

Company:
Postach.io
Website:
http://www.postach.io
Location:
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

The easiest way to blog. Share beautifully using Evernote and Dropbox. more

Company:
VisualSpection
Website:
http://www.visualspection.com
Location:
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

VisualSpection is site assessment software that enables front line workers in the energy sector with useful information using wearable technology such as Google Glass in some of the worlds toughest and remote areas. We measure benefits in terms of increased safety, productivity and communication. more

Company:
Algolux
Website:
http://www.algolux.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Our computational optics enable better pictures, thinner cameras and cheaper optics. more

Company:
BitAccess
Website:
http://www.bitaccess.co
Location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

BitAccess Inc. produces the world's leading Bitcoin Automatic Teller Machine (BTM). Our machines allow anyone to deposit cash and instantly receive a digital wallet containing the equivalent in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, or do the reverse and exchange Bitcoin for traditional currency. Currently, BitAccess already has installed Bitcoin ATMs in half a dozen countries, with dozens more launching in the next few... more

Company:
ezrobot
Website:
http://www.ez-robot.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The age of Personal Robotics is rapidly approaching, don't get left behind! ezrobot has made building robots easy and fun! Canadian founded by DJ Sures, ezrobot offers an easy, innovative and powerful platform to build your dream robots. The ez-bv4 is a robot controller that connects to your computer over WiFi. Use the included ez-builder Software on your computer and control the output of the ez-b WiFi Robot... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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